Monday, April 06, 2009

Poet X Poet X Photos!

That's me squirming while Prof Lee read my early adolescent juvenilia. I eventually retaliated by performing "Prospect of a Drowning" in Singlish.

Ooh, did I mention we had an audience?

They stuck around for two hours - some of them standing! - while we gabbed about each other's poetry (with brief anecdotal excursions about our personal lives, and those of others, for which I sincerely apologise). Very good response, according to Kenny: someone said it was the best Singapore lit event s/he'd been to in a long time.

This was thanks in no small part to our moderator, Gwee Li Sui. (Edwin Thumboo also interjected a fair number of times. He's being hidden by the stack of plastic cups.)

And really, it was a gorgeous place to have the event:

Photos courtesy of Alvin Pang.

While we're at it, why not some photos from the Life! Theatre Awards? Here's Wong Chee Wai/Ng Tze Wei getting his Best Set Design for "The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles".

And here's the crowd: (from left to right: Brian Gothong Tan, members of ZingO Drum Group, Fran Borgia, Elizabeth Tan, K Rajagopal):

And our (unnervingly precocious) entertainment:

Now that they've scaled it back to a nominees-only ceremony, it's unlikely that I'll be invited back next year. Ah well, I've decided to concentrate on books rather than drama this year, and there's a price for every venture. (More on that in a later post.)

Now to file my taxes.


drawings said...

I read about this event and was curious to know how it went. Did you know the other poet personally? When I read in her blurb that her church work is among her activities, I thought that there was a possibility for an interesting meeting! I admire the way you take artistic risks.

Best wishes, suz

Ng Yi-Sheng said...

Yes, she mentored me for poetry back when I was 13, and she supplied me with a blurb for "last boy".

And she's totally cool - though we did have some strange moments while we talked about religion. Not an artistic risk, really: completely safe, and only unexpected to those who don't know us. ;)